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29 People Confess The Single Most Devastating Thing That Has Ever Been Said To Them

There are some words that can slice you in half in an instant. They’ll stick with you for the rest of your life and as much as you try to forget, to bury that one measly sentence deep inside, it will always be there to haunt you. “”I want to love someone like you love me.”

Maybe it was your alcoholic mother who told you how worthless and stupid you were when you were a child. Or perhaps it was your grandfather, his mind slipping away from dementia, who kept asking who you were. Maybe the worst, though, is hearing the news of a loved one’s passing. You had just spoken to them days or even hours ago, but now it’s only: “I’m sorry, we did everything we could.”

It’s easy to dismiss random strangers when they spout terrible things at you, but when it’s your own flesh and blood, your best friend of 20 years, or your partner in life — the burden of those sentiments becomes almost too much to bear. It’s hard to forget such menacing and gut-wrenching words, but hopefully you can come out the other side unbroken.

These are 29 of the most devastating things that have ever been uttered:


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Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.